1. Sunday, May 6, 2012

    Acts 7:54-60 Contemporary English Version (CEV) Stephen Is Stoned to Death 

    half mast 48 But the Most High God doesn’t live in houses made by humans. It is just as the prophet said, when he spoke for the Lord,

    49 “Heaven is my throne,
    and the earth
    is my footstool.
    What kind of house
    will you build for me?
    In what place will I rest?
    50 I have made everything.”

    51 You stubborn and hardheaded people! You are always fighting against the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors did. 52 Is there one prophet that your ancestors didn’t mistreat? They killed the prophets who told about the coming of the One Who Obeys God. And now you have turned against him and killed him. 53 Angels gave you God’s Law, but you still don’t obey it.

    54 When the council members heard Stephen’s speech, they were angry and furious. 55 But Stephen was filled with the Holy Spirit. He looked toward heaven, where he saw our glorious God and Jesus standing at his right side. 56 Then Stephen said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right side of God!”

    57 The council members shouted and covered their ears. At once they all attacked Stephen 58 and dragged him out of the city. Then they started throwing stones at him. The men who had brought charges against him put their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul [also known as Paul].

    59 As Stephen was being stoned to death, he called out, “Lord Jesus, please welcome me!” 60 He knelt down and shouted, “Lord, don’t blame them for what they have done.” Then he died.